Play of D’Mitrik Trice
This might sound like a broken record, but freshman point guard D’Mitrik Trice continues to impress. He looked very comfortable out on the court once again against Tennessee, finishing with five points, four rebounds, three assists and only one turnover. Trice does a very good job of stuffing the stat sheet, especially for a player at his size. In addition, he continues to have a great assist to turnover ratio, and was also part of the play of the game on a beautiful fastbreak dish to Vitto Brown for the slam. Trice played more than any other player off the bench, and even more than Brown, a starter.
Turnovers are a problem
Although the Badgers pulled out the win in Maui, they could have won by a lot more than 12. The Badgers turned the ball over 18 times, keeping Tennessee in this one. This is an unusual number for Badger fans to see as Wisconsin prides itself on solid defense and taking care of the ball. At least a couple of these turnovers were unforced, and the team will have to improve in this category if they want to be successful.
Resurgence of Happ
Wisconsin made it clear they wanted reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Ethan Happ to be a focal point of the offense on Monday. The Badgers fed Happ on three out of four possessions in a row, and the big man had seven points in less than 10 minutes to start the game. Happ looked more comfortable and assertive out on the court, and finished with 16 points and six rebounds. The big man also was incredibly efficient shooting 6-of-7 from the field, which is a great sign for things to come.